Our own Chef Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group provides another timely and informative “Ask the Chef” segment where Chef Andrew responds to listeners thoughtful inquiries. Chef Andrew is regularly updating us on the impact of the Covid-19 crisis in the hospitality field and what we, as diners, can do to support the very survival of restaurants which is a genuine (and increasingly growing) concern. Restaurants in Southern California are finally again allowed to operate for outside/patio dining at greatly reduced capacities with all the requisite COVID 19 safety precautions. How is it going? We’ll “Ask the Chef.”
In our culinary hints segment we’ll continue the conversation about frozen foods. Are properly flash frozen fruits and vegetables equivalent to their fresh counterparts? Does seasonality come into play here? Chef Andrew has the informed answers.
Chef Andrew also updates us on the inspiring progress for the grass-roots, “86 Restaurant Struggle” campaign to benefit out-of-work and struggling restaurant workers. Chef Andrew and his wife, Lauren, have already distributed over $380,000 in small grants to deserving restaurant workers in need. All applications are carefully vetted by the Gruels. The substantial need, and fundraising, continues…
This was a very special show as we were live from the new Bristol Farms store at 3105 Wilshire Blvd. in Santa Monica with an audience of food fans. The store only opened on Wednesday.
Melissa’s / World Variety Produce was right next to us roasting Hatch Chiles. The season only goes through September. Check the Bristol Farms website for the schedule of future roastings. It’s a real show.
At the roasting they also sample several fresh food products made with Hatch Chiles from recipes from Melissa’s Hatch Chile Cookbook. Melissa’s Corporate Chef, Ida Rodriguez, was with us to provide the background on what the excitement is about when it comes to fresh Hatch Chiles. Chef Ida grew up with them and is also the co-author of the newly published Melissa’s Hatch Chile Cookbook!